Har­ri­son avoids the de­struc­tion to beat Wain­man Jr

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene - By Colin Casser­ley

Or­gan­iser: Coven­try Rac­ing Club When: June 4 Where: Coven­try Sta­dium Starters: 57

Coven­try Sta­dium has been host­ing stock car meet­ings since 1954. It is doubt­ful if there has been one as de­struc­tive as last Satur­day night’s meet­ing.

There were five stop­pages, three rollovers and only nine of the 36 starters were run­ning at the drop of the che­quered flag. And to cap it off a great dice for the lead in the clos­ing stages was con­cluded as Paul Har­ri­son barged his way passed Frankie Wain­man Jr to take his sec­ond fi­nal win of the sea­son.

Luke Den­nis grabbed the early lead and held onto the top spot de­spite a cou­ple of early-race cau­tions.

Den­nis was bat­tling with Will Yar­row for the lead when be­hind him, James Mor­ris slammed into the wall and turned his ma­chine over.

On the en­su­ing restart Rob Speak, Wain­man Jr, Joe Booth and Har­ri­son mus­cled their way into the top four spots.

A ti­tanic bat­tle raged for a few laps be­fore the quar­tet all thun­dered into the turn three wall with Speak and Booth both end­ing up in­verted.

Wain­man Jr took the green for the fi­nal restart with Har­ri­son in pur­suit. But with a hand­ful of laps re­main­ing Har­ri­son made his move and nudged Wain­man Jr wide to take a race-win­ning lead he wouldn’t lose.

Har­ri­son said: “The car was mint, I won last week and the car was good when the track dried out, and the same thing hap­pened this week. I got messed around in the early stages and lost some time, but af­ter that it was a case of just say­ing ‘hold tight, get through the car­nage’ and I knew I would be in with a shout at the end. It turned out good for me.”

Sec­ond placed Wain­man Jr said: “That was some race: there were some re­ally big hits and it was a case of just get­ting through it. It bodes well for the World Fi­nal in Septem­ber. If that is any­thing like tonight then it will be mem­o­rable.”

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